THE ROMAN IMPERIAL CULT  
TEMPLE OF THE DIVINE EMPEROR PETRONIUS MAXIMUS
March 17  - May 31 455 AD
 
      
Click the image above to visit the virtual shrine
of Divus Marcus Maecilius Flavius Eparchius Avitus Augustus
 
 
 Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus Augustus
 
 
Sacred Days:
 
 
March 17 - Raised as Emperor in 455 AD
May 31  - Ended Rule 455 AD
 
 Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus was a Roman Senator
who had a remarkable early career, serving as Praetor, Tribune,
Praefectus Urbi, and Praetorian Prefect.

 Sadly Petronius Maximus' reign as Emperor was disasterous as it included
 the murders of the brilliant general Flavius Aetius, and Emperor Valentian II.
Petronius was slain in turn after reigning for only three months.
 The city of Rome was sacked by the Vandals just after Petronius Maximus' death.
 
This page is a historical memorial rather than a celebration of his rule.
 
Classical Prayer and Offering:
 
Items Needed, Altar space, an image of the Emperor Petronius Maximus (optional)
 a candle or lamp, Incense, a small container of wine (or juice if necessary)
and a small, open dish to pour wine into.
 
When prepared, take a moment to reflect on the Divine Emperor, then light the lamp or candle saying:
 
"I offer this sacred flame in honor of
Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus Augustus."
 
Focus for a moment on the Divine Genius (spirit) of the Emperor Petronius Maximus shining with light.*
 
Next, light the incense, saying:
 
"Divus Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus Augustus,
I offer this sacred incense to honor your divine spirit.
May your Imperial Power be better used in the Realm of the Gods, and bring good fortune to the world."
 
As the smoke of the incense rises, feel the sacred space around you being filled with the
Imperial power of Eternal Rome.
 
Finally, pour some wine from the container into the offering dish, saying:
 
"Divus Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus Augustus,
I offer this sacred wine, that your spirit may be redeemed,
and bring divine good fortune upon I who remember you, and the world."
 
In your mind's eye, focus on the image of the centuries between you and the Divine Emperor
falling away, allowing you to be in the Imperial Presence. If you wish, you may now
state your own personal prayers, or ask for personal blessings in your own words.
 
To End The Rite; hold up the dish of incense (adding more if needed) and say:
 
"Divus Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus Augustus,
 I offer this sacred incense in atonement if there was fault
in any of this rite. I end this rite in honor."
  
 
Leave everything in place for at least a few minutes after leaving the altar space. It is proper
to respectfully offer the wine outdoors by pouring it on the ground after you have put out the incense and light.
 
Notes:
Scented oil may be substituted for incense as a sacred scent if necessary.
*The "mental visualizations" between offerings are not documented historical, but are religious thoughts
that might have been likely. Trying them certainly cannot hurt the ritual itself.
 

 

Christian Prayer:
 
Look upon our most devout Emperor Flavius Anicius Petronius Maximus Augustus, the desire of whose longing for you, O God,
know beforehand, and by the inexpressible grace of your kindness and mercy grant him the
tranquility of lasting peace and heavenly victory with all his people.

 

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